Raymond John “Unc” Klump, age 71, of Grand View, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital, in Duluth, MN, following surgery for lung cancer. Ray was born April 7, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Frank and Evelyn (VanAuken).
Ray graduated from Bay View High School in Milwaukee and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In his younger years, Ray worked as an engineer throughout Wisconsin and the nation. Some of his best work was with Harley Davidson in Milwaukee. When he moved to Bayfield County, Ray worked in zoning administration, for many years. He was an avid walleye fisherman and hunter. In his later years, he continued to fish but traded his guns for a camera. He took pride in raising tomatoes and lilies. Ray loved all nature had to offer. He was a life-long Packer fan. In 1971, Ray married Dianne Homer in Ashland. They lived on Lake Owen and finally on Diamond Lake. They enjoyed traveling and spent time in Costa Rica, Belize, Florida and Alabama. A focus of their lives was bird watching. They loved watching dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and fishing in the Gulf.
His wife of 42 years, Dianne, survives Ray. “Unc” is also survived by his niece, Laura Cagle, nephews, Michael (Toni) Klump and Robert (Cindy)Klump, a niece, Elizabeth Meschievitz and a nephew, Casey Meschievitz; his grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Kendra and Nathan Klump, Ana Isabel Meschievitz-Roman, Michael Stefanac, Ian Gilbert, Christian Cagle and Cameron Hirschboeck; and a great-grand niece Vivian Stefanac and a great-grand-nephew, Owen Nix. His Labrador, Nick, also survives Ray.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cable.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.
A lunch will follow in the social hall of the church.
In lieu flowers, memorials should be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorials will be dedicated to Ashland Bayfield County Relay for Life Team MMC, and should be mailed to team co-captain Kathy Tuttle, Memorial Medical Center, 1615 Maple Lane, Ashland, Wisconsin, 54806 or brought to the church the day of the memorial service.
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Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals, in Ashland